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EIU New Student and Family Programs

Freshman - Fall Admit

We are so excited to have you join our EIU family!

Your success at Eastern Illinois University is determined not only by the quality of your academic work, but also by how quickly you connect to the campus. To assist you in your transition, EIU requires you to participate in the orientation and transition programs; our two-part process to becoming an official EIU student.

Part 1: Orientation, Advisement & Registration

You will attend our Orientation, Advisement & Registration program to complete several important steps:

  • Learn about academic degree requirements (specific majors require mandatory testing)
  • Meet with an academic advisor to develop an academic plan
  • Use P.A.W.S. to register for classes
  • Learn the ropes from current students
  • Become more familiar with campus facilities
  • Learn about campus support services and programs
  • Get your Panther Card (student ID)
  • Meet new classmates and get answers to your questions regarding life at EIU

Coming to college opens a new chapter in your life. The transition from high school to the university setting is an exciting time filled with a myriad of opportunities. This transition also raises a number of questions and concerns regarding your first year here at Eastern Illinois University. We promise your orientation day will provide you with more than a class schedule; it will prepare and excite you for your freshman year at EIU.

Registering for a program

Once you have paid your New Student Enrollment Deposit of $150, you can sign up for an orientation date through myEIU. Freshman students will be e-mailed an invitation to the program. The invitation will contain a program reservation link to myEIU. Students will need to complete the reservation form online to secure a program date.

Students Entering Fall 2019 (Registration will open March 2019)

  • Monday, June 3, 2019
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 (Gateway Admits Only)
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Monday, June 17, 2019
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (Gateway Admits Only)
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Monday, July 15, 2019 (Gateway Admits Only)
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019
  • Thursday, August 15, 2019

To sign up for this session, please login to your MyEIU. If you have questions, please contact New Student and Family Programs at (217) 581-6435 or email

Part 2: Transition to Campus (Prowl)

You will participate in EIU's transition (Prowl) program when you arrive on campus for your first semester. Students enrolling in Summer and Fall 2019 Prowl will start on Friday, August 16, 2019.

This program is designed to assist you with:

  • Educational and social opportunities

  • Connecting to EIU

  • Providing a foundation for personal and academic success

You will learn more about this program during your Orientation, Advisement & Registration day.


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New Student & Family Programs

Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6435

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